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Street vending legal | 710 Freeway tunnel abandoned

EDITED by BARRY LANK

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

The City Council has made it legal for vendors to sell their goods on sidewalks and city parks, after five years of negotiations, protests and debates. But the new ordinance also requires vendors to follow numerous rules and they may eventually be required to obtain permits. The Eastsider

Caltrans officially abandoned a proposed $3.15 billion tunnel to extend the 710 Freeway between El Sereno and Pasadena. Instead, it backed a much less costly $105 million package of improvements to alleviate congestion by adding bus service, synchronizing traffic lights and expanding bike lanes. The announcement signals that the state highway agency has finally given up on a decades-long effort to complete the freeway. The 710 currently terminates on the border of El Sereno and Alhambra, where it spews traffic into surface streets. The Eastsider

Meanwhile, CalTrans is having trouble selling hundreds of homes it owns along the now defunct path to extend the 710 Freeway. Only 10 of the 460 homes in El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena have been sold. And seven tenants accuse CalTrans of illegally charging an “inflation-adjusted price” that could jack up the purchase cost by 500% to 600%. Pasadena Star News

Parking overnight on a few streets near the 101 Freeway and Hoover Street in Silver Lake would be allowed only to residents who purchase the required permits under a proposal now making its way through City Hall. The restrictions are in response to criminal problems and homeless people sleeping in cars. The Eastsider

Police have arrested a man suspected of using a fire escape to enter a woman’s bedroom in Echo Park and sexually assaulting her while she slept. The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Andres Pascual of Los Angeles, the LAPD said in a news release. The District Attorney’s office today filed one count of rape of an unconscious person and first degree residential burglary against Pascual. The Eastsider

Singer Lana Del Rey bought the historic cabin in Echo Park that was updated and decorated by Leanne Ford, host of HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords.” Del Rey – the indie pop star who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide – paid almost $1.2 million for the two-bedroom/one-bath home – about 20% more than the asking price. The home was once owned by silent film star Clara Kimball Young. Variety

Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against a three-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department who struck and killed a seven and nine-year-old in his department SUV while undergoing patrol training in East Los Angeles last year. KTLA

The mysterious artist who has been installing Parsons-style benches around El Sereno and other Eastside bus stops talks to L.A. Times reporter Carolina Miranda – though his name is still not revealed. Los Angeles Times

Today is Ciclavia, with cyclists, pedestrians and skaters taking over six miles of the city’s streets, including 1st Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights, as well as parts of Downtown L.A. and Chinatown. Participants can start and end their trip anywhere along the route. The Eastsider

A Q&A with Vijay Gupta, the youngest member of the L.A. Philharmonic, who recently won a $625,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” The 31-year-old New Yorker talks about why he moved here, gentrification and favorite things to do around Angelino Heights and Echo Park. “Really, just to walk around the lake,” he said. “The backdrop to the lake is amazing.” The Eastsider

An estate sale was held at the 100-year-old Tudor-style home that for decades housed Tokio Florist in Silver Lake, giving bargain hunters, neighbors and old friends the opportunity to explore the overgrown grounds and creaky house on Hyperion Avenue that has intrigued passersby in the busy commercial hub. The Eastsider

A man clinging to a tree in the rain-swollen L.A. River in Atwater Village was hoisted to safety by an air rescue helicopter. TV news footage showed a rescuer attached to a cable being lowered into the river from a helicopter. After moving into place, the rescuer grabbed the man holding on to the tree, and the man and rescuer were hoisted into the air and to safety. The Eastsider

The family of Melyda “Mely” Corado, an innocent bystander killed by an officer’s bullet during a gun battle outside the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s, said they filed a wrongful death suit against the LAPD. The lawsuit claims that officers failed to follow the department’s policy on using deadly force when they opened fire on a suspect. One of those officers’ shots killed Corado, a 27-year-old store manager. The Eastsider

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